The Corporate Law Group

Small Laws

Small LawsChesterton said that when you ignore the big laws, you don’t get freedom. You don’t even get anarchy. You get small laws. We have been a society of small laws for decades now. Nothing is beyond the reach of the law. Every new appliance you buy reminds you of the minutia of laws under which the appliances manufacturer toils.

Some of us here tend to skew toward the freedom side of the political spectrum. And the last several years have scared those of us that the law has lost its rule. It has been deposed. In favor of people, position, prestige, and power. That bothers us.

It includes an apparently useless and incompetent immigration law. It is furthered by unenforced laws against texting and driving. By the universal ignorance of our speed limits. By wildly inconsistent administration of drug laws. The IRS targeting people with no consequences. The Veterans Administration killing vets with no consequences. Now we have a meaningless distinction between ‘extreme carelessness’ and ‘gross negligence’ so that an elite may continue in her bid to rule the land of small laws.

In the meantime a person went to federal prison for ‘stealing federal resources’ because they stored a ballroom dance mailing list on their computer at work in Washington. Folks are in prison for importing the wrong kind of orchid, or importing lobsters in bags, not boxes. Another, defending themselves on federal drug charges, could not introduce evidence that their activities were legal in California. Ross Ulbricht went to prison for allegedly operating a website that took drug violence off the streets, and was sentenced to life in prison in the harshest of terms.

What big rules did we ignore? Be kind. Tell the truth. Don’t pre-judge. Don’t envy. Do unto others as you want done unto you. Love. Be patient.

With the death of law comes the rise and rule of people. The elites will do anything they want, to whomever they want, whenever they want, with complete impunity. With the unlimited resources of omnipotent federal diktat. The rest of us will be scared of selective enforcement against us for speaking out. The small rules have won. The law is dead.